Do you want to work from home?
It’s the ultimate dream.
Give your child/ren the best education and financially support your family at the same time.
But is it possible?
Can it be done?
This post may contain affiliate links which means we may receive a commission (at no extra cost to you) when you click on a link and make a purchase.
Are you doing it?
Or are you dreaming about it?
I am…dreaming about it, trying to do it and trying to prove it can be done.
1. Start A Blog
I began Our Creative Homeschool as a way to document our homeschooling journey. But the more I researched homeschooling, the more I realized that there really aren’t many resources out there that help homeschooler at every age, every year level and every learning ability.
When we first started, I was only homeschooling Miss 14 (then Miss 13). Now I’m homeschooling all three of our children – Mr 16, Miss 14 and Miss 12.
Three children at different levels, with different abilities and different learning styles.
But, I don’t want my children to have an education limited to the ‘traditional’ subjects. I want them to have life skills and be well rounded, caring individuals.
So, as our homeschool has evolved, so too has the blog.
I recently started to monetize the blog by becoming an affiliate for products, resources and courses that I believe benefit my children (and me!) and will benefit other homeschoolers.
(Being an affiliate for a product means that I earn a commission when I advertise the product and someone purchases it).
I only promote products and services that I believe in.
If you are interested in starting a blog, here is what I am using:
- Hosting with Bluehost
- Using WordPress (through Bluehost)
- I use MailChimp for my email service provider and found Elna Cain’s course Ready Set MailChimp For Bloggers indispensable.
- I also used Elna Cain’s Ready Set Blog For Traffic which is amazing.
- I use MiloTree to help convert visitors to my blog.
If you decide not to use your own domain name and just get a wordpress.com/sitename blog, please note that you will not be able to monetize your blog.
But if you have your own domain name ie: https://ourcreativehomeschool.com you can monetize your blog as you ‘own’ it. You can also do a lot more with it.
I also use and recommend Grammarly, The World’s Best Grammar Checker!
You won’t believe how much time it saves with proofreading your posts before you hit publish!
Once you have your blog up and running with a few blog posts, you can begin to look into affiliate marketing.
Here are some affiliate networks that don’t mind if you only have a few followers.
2. Freelance Writing
If you’re not quite ready to start your own blog but would still like to write blog posts and/or articles, you can do this as a freelance writer.
I highly recommend:
- Elna Cain’s Write Your Way To Your First $1k course, and her
- Writer Website In A Weekend course
- Grammarly for the Best Plagiarism Checker & Proofreader
Depending on your niche (the subject you like to write about), below you will find some publications that accept submissions.
Always remember to take the time to read the posts on the blog before making contact so you know the blog is right for you and your writing.
- Family Corner
- Huffington Post – many countries have their own version!
Here are some job boards that feature freelance writing jobs:
3. Virtual Assistant
A virtual assistant is like an office/administrative assistant except they work from home.
Just like an administrative assistant in an office, a VA can answer calls, respond to emails, update websites, promote websites, update social media accounts, invoice clients, etc.
Except you can actually work for yourself!
If being a VA is something you’re interested in, check these out:
There are many ways you can earn an income from home – these are just three of the popular ones at the moment.
I actually recommend all three – depending on your circumstances of course – but don’t do them all at once!
Pick the one you feel most comfortable with and do your research.
Everything worth doing takes time, so allow yourself the freedom to research thoroughly, take some courses – there are many free ones out there as well as low priced ones – until you’re ready to take the plunge.
And don’t let everyone else’s blog posts and Pinterest pins about the $$$$$ they made last month get you down.
Keep going. Keep learning. Keep working at it. You WILL get there.
As always, remember…
Enjoy the Journey,
Author: Lara Galea
Lara is a freelance writer, blogger, photographer and homeschooler. When not helping others with their journey, she is either reading, binge-watching Netflix or creating havoc in the kitchen.